Strand bookstore speed dating
This did in fact encourage everyone to tell me their feelings all evening, which I loved. The event was hosted by Autostraddle team members Carly and Gabby, and I am just going to be completely blunt and tell you up front that they killed it.If I were just relying on my own opinion I may admit to some bias, but I checked in with several different speed daters and it was unanimous: if you ever go speed dating, you better hope Carly and Gabby are hosting, because they’re perfect. They were hilarious and energetic, but also really careful to make sure everyone felt comfortable and at ease.To be honest, I was super anxious at the beginning of the evening, and I wasn’t even there to speed date!
You are the ones that make speed dating interesting and fun and weird.
Every three minutes Carly’s timer went off and sometimes she would announce, “Congratulations, you just went on a date! At some point Robin arrived and she and Shelly and I had a discussion about how truly fantastic it was to see so many queer women connecting in a safe and literary space.
I don’t know about you, but I fucking hate the bar dating scene, and were I not in a serious two year relationship I would probably spend my Friday nights at home in bed watching Buffy (which I do anyway, but it sounds more socially acceptable if you do that with your girlfriend rather than by yourself).
But the genius part was that there were multiples of each word, so every person had the opportunity to meet several matches during this ice breaker!
Then there was the part where you could win gift cards to The Strand; these cards could be won by guessing Gabby’s favorite lesbian movie or also by being a boss and hopping up to sit on the table in order to get a little closer to your date (see above for proof).